Every year I make quite an extensive list of all that I would like to accomplish in the garden. The list includes the introduction of new plants, transplanting, dividing as well as several infrastructure projects. I am relaxed and realistic about my list and know that we will most likely not get to all of it.
This spring I hit the jack pot when my mother’s neighbor (who was moving) opened up his garden for us to dig up and transplant an amazing variety of plants!
I am happy to report that so far many projects have been crossed off this year. Some, we are in the process of and others are planned for the fall. What doesn’t get done will simply move on to next year’s list.
2015 Garden Plan
:: Incorporate more evergreens in to my landscape
I have planted rhododendron, a few different varieties of Laurel along with Leucothoe, Sweet Bay and Holly.
:: Plant more deciduous flowering shrubs
I have planted several varieties of Hydrangea along with Fothergilla, Pieris, Nandina, Deutzia and Callicarpa (Beauty Berry).
:: Remove dead climbing rose around kitchen window and replace with autumn Clematis
I have removed the rose. My aunt Patty has dug up an autumn Clematis from her garden for me.
:: Remove English Ivy on house
A big project that we plan to do this fall.
:: Plant a Liriope hedge in front of rock wall
:: Plant peanuts, broad beans, purple sprouting broccoli and elderberry
I planted peanuts and elderberry. I have always wanted to grow purple sprouting broccoli but have not had luck in finding starts for sale. Next spring I will be sure to order the seeds to start along with broad beans.
:: Plant more flowering bulbs in fall~ Narcissus, Tulip, Muscari, Allium, Crocus and Galanthus (Snow Drops)
I’ll wait until late fall for sales and deals on bagged bulbs.
:: Prune pear tree
Will do so in late winter.
:: Rebuild back porch
We are almost finished!
:: Build stone wall around the front of house.
This will most likely move on to 2016’s list.
:: Hook up rain barrel
:: Lay stone path in back garden
This is back breaking work and I have decided to use my “just a little bit” rule with this project. With a pick ax and shovel my goal is to fill 4 buckets with dirt every other day for Chris to haul away. Once the path is dug out we will begin to lay a pile of foraged stone.
:: Build cob oven
Moved to 2016’s list.
:: Rooftop beehive on top of shed
Moved to 2016’s list.